One of my americanski friends recently noticed that there’s no such thing as an unlimited data plan in Canada, and observed that this is insane. He’s right, it is, but he might not be aware of just how insane it is. So I made a chart.
There have been a couple of data plans described as “unlimited” sold here at various times, sure, and you’d think that when a telco sells you an “unlimited” service that would means that they will not limit your use of that service. But what it actually means is “there are lines, a bunch of them, and if you cross any of them you’re going to get raped.” Must be one of those funny little idiosyncracies of Canadian English.
This is a chart of data technologies versus available plans in Canada. The question is: if you run your connection full-out, as fast as it can theoretically run, how long does it take to blow through your allotment of prix-fixe megabytes and what does it cost you to keep going?
It turns out the answers are “not very long” and “holy crap”, respectively. All the data comes from the company’s websites, and those are per second prices, in the highlit areas.
(Note: the numbers for Rogers’ roaming presume that you’re roaming outside of North America.)